Mysterious Marsala

Summer’s cooling down and Pantone’s color for 2015 is heating up.

Many designers seemed to be at a loss on how to incorporate the 2015 color of the year announced by Pantone. While this color may not be much to work with for our spring and summer color palettes, it is perfect for the fall and holiday looks to come. Just take a look at Pantone’s Marsala inspiration board for lots of beautiful examples of what is possible.

Mysterious Marsala

Here’s what Pantone says about the color Marsala:

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

The Versatility of Marsala

  • Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a stirring and flavorful shade for apparel and accessories, one that encourages color creativity and experimentation
  • Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair.
  • Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors
  • An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury.


So, what do you think? Will you be using the color Marsala in your festive decorating and fashions in the coming months? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Pin with me. You can find my favorite color trends throughout the year on my “Colors to Cherish” board. See you on Pinterest!

Also, check out some of my favorite color trends throughout the year on my "Colors to Cherish" Pinterest board.

About Cherish Flieder

Cherish Flieder is an internationally-featured artist, designer, creative entrepreneur, and award-winning children’s book illustrator. Cherish’s designs have been seen in fashion apparel, books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, crafts and more. She is the creator of Something to Cherish®, an artistic brand that joyfully connects with the hearts of women through her original watercolor mixed-media artwork on pre-treasured gifts, home decor, fashion accessories, and keepsakes. Cherish is also the founder of the art licensing community She regularly teaches marketing, illustration, design, and technology at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Connect with Cherish on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn.